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Goodwill Official Bloggers know how to turn a Goodwill find into something fun and interesting, whether it's using ugly fashion to create bow bracelets, building bird feeders with cups and saucers, or turning vintage sheets into a quilt. Check out their most recent stories below.

Goodwill SA: End of Summer Fun

Oh autumn... where are you? Well, it is not quite time yet! There are still days of heat, entertaining, and Labor Day Weekend on the calendar! Occasionally, I want something different to wear at the end of a season, but do not want to spend a lot on a garment I might not wear often. The answer in San Antonio is GOODWILL SA. I picked up this summer jacket recently for $4.99.

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How to Turn a Whisk into DIY Peacock Garden Art

Ever since I created my whisk dragonfly and butterfly garden art, I've been on the hunt for used whisks at Goodwill San Antonio. These whimsical garden creatures are so fun and easy to make that it's hard to stop once you've started! I've been stretching my imagination and trying to come up with other creatures that I can make with whisks, and I'm tickled with my newest project: a DIY peacock made from a whisk!

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Thrift Store Collector- A Few Good Bags

I'm back this week with a peek at another one of my thrift store collections, and it's all about bags. Before I show you my stuff, I wanted to make sure you come follow @makermama on Periscope. I shared my first scope today while I was thrifting at my local Goodwill, so be sure to come watch it before it's gone. Now on to the bags!

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Thrifty DIY: School Desk Makeover

It's so tempting to take home furniture in need of a little TLC from my frequent trips to the Goodwill, but I often resist the temptation because I know I don't have the patience for full-on furniture makeovers and the pieces end up sitting in a closet. Well, with this vintage school desk I couldn't resist! Luckily I came up with a makeover that you can do in less than an hour and under $15 if you have a similar desk at home.

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Thrifted Men's Shirt to Baby Bib Under $5!

Aren't bibs irresistible? There is something precious about all those perfect bibs on the shelves at the BIG box stores. The price tags make me cringe though, because the product will be used for the messiest eaters (but the cutest).

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Kerrville Grand Opening

Thursday July 23, 2015 The Grand Opening of the store. 9am I hurried to arrive at 7am in Kerrville on that date. Knowing we we going to have amazing day in sales, the anticipation was high Having spent several weeks prior to the opening date, getting the store Grand Opening ready

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Thrifted Child's Rocking Chair Makeover

I mentioned in this post that I find these country style wood items at Goodwill all the time. They practically give them away... I guess that's how unpopular they are? I couldn't believe this child sized rocking chair was just $5.99! Sure, it looked dated and plain, but that's easy to fix with paint and fabric!

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Thrift Store Collector: Blankets

I've amassed a number of quirky and colorful collections during the 15 plus years I've been thrifting, but it's only been the last five or so that I've been collecting blankets. I think when you become a mother, blankets automatically become an obsession. As my kids grew out of their swaddling days I ventured into making my own blankets for them (I still have a bag of the girls' baby clothes to one day turn into quilts!). I don't get to make as many blankets as I'd love to these days, but coming across colorful thrifted finds definitely helps make up the difference!

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GoodwillSA: A Fiber Artist Best Friend

Last week I introduced you to Vicki, a talented woman in San Antonio who is creating and designing art pieces in order to raise money for 68 different charities in our city. She also is a fiber artist...refashioning clothing, shoes, and pieces found at GOODWILLSA...one of her best friends, she says.

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Make a Teapot Dessert Stand

Some time ago I fell in love with a lamp that was available at Anthropologie. I didn't need a lamp, so I started thinking of ways to recreate the look in a form that was more useful. I came up with a fun bird bath, instead, using items I purchased at Goodwill San Antonio.

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Vintage Dishes for Tea Time

I try to stay away from breakable decor but china is a category I can rarely resist. If you saw my previous post about a thrifty tea party, consider this is continuation. We have tea time frequently here, either by ourselves or with our sweet neighbor. I am always adding to the dish collection, and I recently found the prettiest little teacups ever at Goodwill here in San Antonio.

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Repurpose a Suitcase into a No-Sew Pet Bed

I love crafting with repurposed items! It's such a thrill to take something that is no longer used and turn it into something useful and unexpected. When it came time to get a new pet bed for my dog, I decided to make my own... from a suitcase, of course! I used a hard shell case that I found at Goodwill San Antonio and made it into a one of a kind pet bed.

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The Power of a Goodwill Donation... Calculate it!

Many of you have commented on my wonderful find at Goodwill San Antonio from today's post. Treasures like this are made possible by the many wonderful citizens who donate to Goodwill, and the work this important organization does in each community.

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10 Awesome Thrift Store Makeovers for Under $20

I've been blogging for the Goodwill for nearly a year now, and my monthly "Thrifty DIY" posts where I take a common thrift store item and give it a modern makeover, are among some of my favorite posts (and yours too!).

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Thrift Store Styles

I'm back today with another peek into my thrifted wardrobe. Cute dresses are my number one pick for looking good and keeping cool as the temperatures rise for summer. My biggest criteria in finding the perfect thrifted dress is uniqueness. And it has to be comfy. Pockets seal the deal. I brought these dresses home for $8 each.

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Digging Deep For a Great Deal: How To

Have you ever shopped at an outlet? Yeah, me too. It's always a little crazy. But great deals are worth a bit of legwork right? If you want the ultimate bargain, the ultimate BEST DEAL ever chance, the ultimate adventure in thrifting, go to the Goodwill Clearance Store! I decided to brave traffic and take a little trip to 4861 W Commerce Street.

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Thrift Store Collector: Kitchenware

One of the first sections I always walk through at the thrift store is kitchenware. I am a sucker for vintage Pyrex, colorful dishes, and whimsically printed glassware. I have more coffee and tea cups than I could ever need, but there's always room for more!

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Goodwill Changes Lives Through the Power of Work, I'm Proof

Hello my blog readers, I've been on a amazing journey , and I never left my beautiful city of San Antonio, I'm excited to announce that I was hired by the Goodwill of San Antonio as the first regional Manager of Visual merchandising for all 18 locations, doing a job that I absolutely love, that's one of the reasons I've been away from my beloved blog for a bit, but I'm back to share the awesome work that Goodwill is doing in our community, providing jobs and resources for many.

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Thrifted Stool Wood Make Over

I found this like-new wooden stool at Goodwill San Antonio for just 3.99. I was using an old folding chair at my craft desk, so I snatched this up, knowing it would make for a fun project AND comfortable seating. With some Project Foam and fabric from P&B Textiles I took my plain wood stool from blah to wow!

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Thrifty DIY: Painted Straw Tote Bag

On my last trip to the Goodwill, I was on the hunt for something summery for my next Thrifty DIY project, and I came acoss a plain straw tote bag for $2.99. It was calling out to me for a colorful, pom-pom infused Design Improvised makeover!

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Thrift Store Collector- Vintage Suitcases

One of the things I always keep an eye out for at the thrift store are vintage suitcases. And when I come across a beauty it literally makes me gasp out loud (is that weird?). The biggest criteria is that it's good-looking; I guess I'm a bit of a suitcase snob that way. As a result of all my years of thrift store prowling, I've amassed a bit of a collection! Want to see it?

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Goodwill SA: Helping Me Play Hostess

Recently, I confessed my desire for a long kimono just for the purpose of entertaining at home...and, of course, GOODWILL SA filled my request...for there I find the best thrift shopping.

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Butterfly Garden Made From A Whisk

I have been slowly putting together a "fantastical" garden area inspired by the Mad Hatter's tea party in Alice in Wonderland. My garden is made up of tea pot and tea cup creations, and I'm also filling it with whimsical DIY garden art. I recently taught you how to turn a whisk into a dragonfly. That project prompted me to start collecting any and all whisks I could find at Goodwill San Antonio (my sponsor for this post.) Here's my second whisk creation: a butterfly!

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Thrift DIY: Painted Wood Bowls

Were you all wondering what happened to me? I promise I haven't forgotten about blogging, but instead have been very busy working on projects behind the scenes! Of course, that hasn't stopped me from finding time to hit up the Goodwill for my latest Thrifty DIY!

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Cut-out Dress for Only $5.99 at San Antonio Goodwill

My daughter, Maddy, fell in love with dress that I found for her last summer at the Bulverde Goodwill store in San Antonio, for only $5.99! Looking through a current issue of Marie Claire magazine they show that "cut-outs" are a hot trend this year... SCORE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Turn Men's Hawaiian Shirt Into a Spring Shift Dress

With the Spring season upon us, the floral trend is strong this year on the fashion Runways. So here is an idea to turn men's polyester Hawaiian shirts into a cool free form shift dress. Classic with a tank top and boots or pair it up with a classic denim jacket for night time pizzazz These two shirts were picked up at my local Goodwill for a great price. So go out in style and never look back.

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April Goodwill Haul

...so far. April is shaping up to be a great thrifting month, I think spring cleaning must be happening in a lot of homes because the Goodwill stores here in San Antonio are packed once again like they were in January. I was given a $25 gift card to Goodwill for the items used in this post.

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Thrifty DIY: Floral Easter Baskets

From what I can tell, Easter baskets fall into 3 categories, the inexpensive woven pastel ones that dominate the store aisles, the plastic tubs with characters like Dora and Sponge Bob, and the expensive fabric lined and monogramed ones from the likes of Pottery Barn. I've got a new option for you today that can't be beat! You can whip up one of these floral baskets in minutes for a few dollars using a basket from the Goodwill, silk flowers from the dollar store, and your trusty glue gun. 

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Goodwill SA: Going to the Spice Market

When I walked into the Bitters Road location of GOODWILL SA the other day, I had two things in mind for shopping. First, I was looking for garments which fit closer to my curves. Now that I have lost 25 pounds I need smaller garments (do you hear me celebrating!)!!

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Tone on Tone Stenciling: How to Paint with Tinted Wax

Let's face it: nice furniture can be expensive! That's why thrifting and upcycling furniture is so popular. I love that I can find furniture in great condition at Goodwill and update it with just paint.

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15 Upcycled Easter Egg Ideas

I keep a stash of plastic eggs to reuse every Easter, but these incredible upcycling ideas are pulling at my heart strings. Which ones would you love to make?

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Young Fabulous and Broke Dress for $5.99 @ Goodwill

We were excited to come across this darling "Young, Fabulous and Broke" dress for only $5.99 at a San Antonio Goodwill store. Look at the details of the attached "necklace". At these prices you can't say NO!

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Classic Styles for Spring: Stripes and Blue

Stripes and blues for the whole family. What could be more classic than stripes in shades of blue and white? To balance out the stripes, I have solid blues, but have dreams of pairing these stripes with painterly florals that are so in for Spring 2015.

Where did I find this great assortment?

Goodwill here in San Antonio

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Thrifty DIY: Encyclopedia Flowers

The last time I was at the Goodwill, I found myself in the book section. You'd be surprised at how many good books you can nab there for 99 cents a piece! Then I saw a few lonely encyclopedias - some strays no longer with their original set. I feel kind of sad for these obsolete relics of the past, don't you? So I grabbed the G-H volume for 99 cents and got to work giving them a new life in flower form!

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Goodwill SA: Dusting Up and Big Event Soon!

Both dusters in this picture came from shopping at GOODWILL SA!...the one for housecleaning and the coat in my outfit!

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How to Update an Old Rocking Chair with Chalk Paint and Cushions

I find old country style wood items at Goodwill San Antonio all the time! Remember when I restyled this old shelf? These items always sell for cheap, and I'm not sure why people pass them up. They're solid wood and sturdy, and with a little paint you can make them look modern again.

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Kid's Backyard Playhouse Decor for Cheap

This special space is beautiful, cozy and is where we like to curl up with books. The house has gone through a few transformations in the year that we have had it. I kept trying to put furniture and toys that were big and we ended up avoiding the playhouse because it felt crowded. Lately, I have been scouring Goodwill for items especially for the playhouse and I have not been disappointed.

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Thrift Store Style

I've told you all about my love for thrifted clothes for years now, but I haven't really shown you how I wear them. Part of that is because for a long time I didn't have a good way of getting photos of myself (aside from blurry ones my kids might take), but also because I wasn't very comfortable in my own skin. Well, I've been through a lot in the past year that's really made me reflect on embracing myself more, and today I'm ready to peek out from behind the computer screen! Here are a couple of my favorite thrifted outfits I've found at my local Goodwill recently.

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Love is in the Air "The Love Owls"

For all the DIY lovers, this month of love is always a fresh reminder that spring is truly weeks away, let's shake the cold weather and snuggle up to a loved one. 

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$128 Cabi Sweater for $3.99 + $50 Gift Card Give-Away @ San Antonio Goodwill

It is one of those cold, damp days and nothing feels more cozy than an oversized sweater. We found this $128 Cabi Shadow Sweater at the San Antonio Goodwill Store (3401 Fredericksburg) for only $3.99!!! This one has definitely been one of her favorites go-to items for the past few months!

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Thrifty DIY: Pantry Command Center

Thanks to a $3 bulletin board and a $1 clipboard from the Goodwill, I now have a home "command center" on the back of my pantry door!

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Turn Mismatched Goodwill Glassware into Chic Pantry Storage

Head to Goodwill and load up on glass ware to create beautiful, coordinated storage to help organize your pantry! I used perfectly clear labels from OnlineLabels.com to make my mismatched Goodwill glassware look like a cohesive set. Check out my short video tutorial to learn my tips for making thrifted items look like a set, as well as my recommendations for which paints to use.

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Yes, You Can Afford a Wardrobe Makeover, Now! Plus the Thursday Blog Hop!

Last week, we began to discuss how to get a wardrobe makeover going at the first of a new year! I received three emails asking about money..."What do I do when I need a new wardrobe and there is no money for a new wardrobe?" In San Antonio, that means GOODWILL SA for me.

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January's Goodwill Haul Highlights

Ladies and gentlemen, JANUARY is proving to be the best month to shop at Goodwill here in San Antonio. I have found the most wonderful things! From clothing to room decor, the scores are many. If you are not a regular thrift store customer, I urge you to just give it a little try this month and you will be amazed.

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12 Thrift Store Organizing Ideas

It's that time of year when we're all feeling inspired to put our best foot forward and work extra hard to make our lives better. I've got a bit of the get-organized bug, so today I'm sharing 12 clever ways to organize around the home with thrift store finds.

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Create a Unique Fashion Style - Incorporating Pieces from San Antonio Goodwill Thrift Store

You don't need to reinvent your entire wardrobe. That would cost a fortune. Instead, update it. Start by introducing a few up-to-date pieces that reflect your style.

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Goodwill SA: It's Been A Great Year! Plus Win A Gift Card!

It has been such a wonderful year working with everyone at our innovative GOODWILL IN SAN ANTONIO. From the first Work It Fashion Show, to television appearances, to workshops for grand openings, and finally to all of the treasure hunts...2014 will be memorable!

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10 Creative Reuse Christmas Ideas

For me, handmade holidays are the best, and reusing items from the thrift store makes them even better! Check out these 10 creative reuse ideas for adding a handmade touch to your Christmas decor.

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Huge Christmas Thrift Scores with Goodwill San Antonio

This is really the BEST time of year to thrift, everyone is cleaning out their closets and sending treasures to their nearest Goodwill by the truckload. Thrift shopping is exactly 110% faster than mall shopping during the holidays.

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Thrifty DIY: Holiday Card Holder

Well, I have one more idea for you to showcase all those cards you'll be getting in the mail over the coming weeks. This rack keeps them organized and invites people to browse through them. Can you guess what it is? Hint: you are bound to find one of these at your local Goodwill!

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How to Make an Anthropologie Inspired Flower Mirror

When I saw this pretty flowered mirror on their site (for $128), I started thinking of how I could make my own budget version using thrifted items from Goodwill San Antonio. I'm really happy with the final product!

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Holiday Gifts Made with Thrifted Items from Goodwill

My favorite "go to" idea for easy repurposing is to thrift, glue, and spray paint! It's amazing how different (and more expensive) a few items can look when rearranged and painted to look cohesive. For this project, I used a a variety of Goodwill finds that I've been collecting.

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5 Organizing Tips for Thanksgiving

If you're hosting the big meal and haven't started prepping yet, consider using my list of organizing tips for Thanksgiving to help you get ready in time.

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tutorial:Plaid military style Jacket with matching shorts. Winter update

I took a basic military style jacket and added some modern elements that can be found at your nearby Goodwill of San Antonio.

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Thrifty DIY: Wine Cork Vases

This month's Thrifty DIY is super thrifty - not only does it use florist vases found at my local Goodwill, but it also puts to use all those wine corks you've been saving! For about $2 (and a healthy consumption of wine) you can make these vases in time for the holidays.

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The Best Thrifty (Audio) Book Nook with @GoodwillSA

My son's room is always changing. Sometimes its because I move the furniture...other times its because he moves the furniture. The walls are beige, the curtains are white, and we have lots of books. It is the ultimate blank canvas and there is always room for improvement.

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Goodwill: The Story of One Special Event for One Special Family of a Veteran

This is where I come in...she called lamenting, I have nothing to wear. I need to look amazing on a budget...Could we go to Goodwill?

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Adding Basic Pieces to Build a Wardrobe

One of the most important things in learning how to add basic pieces to build a wardrobe, has been to learn how to wear the pieces in multiple different ways.

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Thrift Store Finds

I'm not a huge fall decorator, but I love little touches, and I found some perfect items to bring fall home on my recent trip to Goodwill.

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Home Office Organizing: Purge Paper to Create More Space

Did you know that October is National Clean Out Your Files Month? Yahoo!

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Thrift Store DIY: Spider Wall Art

This month's Goodwill project is all about mismatched plates - those lonely one-off dishes being overlooked at your local thrift store!

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Build Your Weight Loss Wardrobe With #Thrifted Finds @GoodwillSA

Of course, Goodwill here in San Antonio has been a great resource for me to find a nice collection of high quality clothing in my current size for LESS $$$. Win!

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Fall Fashion Thrifted

The cool weather is upon us this week, so ladies pull out your winter garments and see which ones make the cut for this season.

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Goodwill Hunting: A Fall Trend...Plaid!

Fashion bloggers of all ages have been showing off their "mad-for-plaid-finds." As soon as I saw this return as a trend, I immediately thought, "I bet I can find it at GOODWILL ." And, I did!

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Make a Scary Halloween Plush Animal

It's the storyline of so many horror films and nightmares: a toy comes to life as an evil creature. There's something about the dark that makes innocent toys suddenly seem ominous and creepy.

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Make a Thing 1 and Thing 2 Wig for your DIY Halloween Costume

Have you started planning your Halloween costume yet? Here's a costume that's perfect for pairs: Thing 1 and Thing 2! Keep reading to learn how to use Poly-Fil, Krylon Spray Paint, and items from Goodwill San Antonio to easily make this hilarious costume!

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Goodwill: Ralph Lauren and Affordable Classic Styling

I have written much lately about how quality, classic styling never goes out of style! Some reply, "But I cannot afford the prices on top designer fashion pieces." Quality is just not affordable...some say. Well, I submit to you....It can be...

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Capsule Wardrobe Dresses With @GoodwillSA #thrift

As you might know from this post and this post, I am on a mission to have a small, wonderful wardrobe. Most of the clothes in my closet are from Goodwill. Because I change my mind so much and the prices are so great, (I never pay more than $9 for ANY CLOTHING ITEM), I can't resist shopping at Goodwill here in San Antonio before anywhere else.

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15 Thrift Store Costume Ideas

You might think it's a little early to think about Halloween, but for those of us who like to DIY our costumes, it's high time! To help you along, I've searched high and low for the best costume ideas you can make from thrifted items. Check out my favorite thrift store costume ideas below!

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Back-to-School Outfit Found at Goodwill San Antonio

This time of year is expensive if you have children in school! School supplies, new shoes, new clothes, backpack, doctor visits, medical exams for sports, money in the lunch account, extra school supplies for the classroom, lab fees, book fees, and everything else.

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Thrifted serving tray makeover!

In my mind, you can never have too many serving trays. I have a tower of them in my kitchen cabinet and pull them out daily. They are perfect for taking some snacks outside or treating the girls to lunch in their playroom on a particularly lazy day. They are also great for corralling items on a counter or holding a few candles or a vase of flowers in the center of your table.

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Summer Cruising with the Family Part II

Thrift store shopping is a great way to save money during the year so we can spend it on fun things! This summer for our family vacation we went on a cruise to Mexico.

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20 Thrift Store Refashions

About 60% of my wardrobe is from the thrift store, and although I love the thrill and uniqueness of serendipitous finds, I love the idea of putting your own mark on them even better! Check out this list of 20 ways you can refashion any thrift store find for your wardrobe.

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Little Girl's Room Accessories with Goodwill San Antonio #GoodwillSA

I am so excited to share my partial girl's room reveal with ya'll today! Even my husband is excited...because I actually hung pictures on the wall myself. It is one of the most dreaded tasks in this house, but I am super proud of my work. Lots and lots of items in my home are from Goodwill.

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Goodwill: Back to School Smarts!

Back in the saddle again. I have returned to my high school teaching job...but did it with confidence, as my wardrobe is ready! GOODWILL helped with great jacket finds like the pinstripe I am wearing today with my denim.

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Get Organized for Back to School

It's hard to believe that it's time to start another school year! Whether you're a student, parent or teacher, here are some resources to help you get organized for back to school:

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How I Turned a Mystery Goodwill Item into Something Pretty

Have you ever been to a thrift store or garage sale and found a piece that had a nice shape but a hideous color?  I see pieces like that all the time when I'm bargain hunting.  If the price is right, bring it home and make it right with paint and some stenciling.  It's easier than you think!

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That funky piece of ART. What are You?

The whole day at the Work It! fashion show was focused on making it a success (and it was!). At the end of the day I slipped off my heels and put on my flip flops, ready for a nap -- wait -- this funky piece of ART caught my eye as I was walking out of Goodwill!

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Super Affordable Process Art Playdate With Goodwill!

Last week, my kids and I hosted a playdate in our backyard. Thankfully the day was cloudy, so we didn't pass out from the heat. I specifically wanted this event to be outside because I wanted the kids to get really MESSY and to have fun! We had around 10 kids total (including babies) and I think everyone went home happy! I used so many of my thrifted items from Goodwill San Antonio for the playdate, and I wanted to share them with you here.

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Goodwill: Where do I Start?

Recently, I stopped by with the desire to do some closet organizing and my eye immediately went to this cool box decorated in a Burberry-type design! It now holds my bracelets and looks much nicer than the ugly plastic box where they previously lived.

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DIY Vintage Sheet Quilt

One of the many things I always keep an eye out for at thrift stores are bold-patterned vintage sheets. I also love a good vintage blanket, and today I'm combining the two to show you how to make your own vintage sheet quilt--no quilting experience needed!

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How do you help your adult kids get organized?

While working with one of my business owner clients in her office, she expressed frustration in trying to help her kids. Here are some tips to help you get them organized!

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DIY Double Suitcase Side Table

I'm finally getting around to decorating my movie room/playroom. My theme is retro movies with a red/black/white color scheme. I recently ordered a new black couch, and I made this fun side table to go with it. I used finds from Goodwill San Antonio to create this up cycled double suitcase side table.

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Turn this 80s dress into a current style - 30 second fashion make-over

I found this Banana Republic dress at a Goodwill store in San Antonio the other day for $5.99. The geometric pattern certainly caught my eye, you can find this pattern all over the runway and magazines. The only problem was it looked very 80's with the 3 layers of ruffles and hitting right at the knees.Let the 30 second makeover begin!

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Watch My Goodwill Television Appearance and Fashion Show Promotion!

Saturday morning began bright and early with a television appearance on the KENS5 7:30AM News!!! I joined fellow blogger and designer, AGOSTO CUELLAR, and GOODWILL-SA officials to promote our WORK IT FASHION SHOW scheduled for June 28! Watch the segment HERE!!

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Goodwill Finds and Fashion Shows!

This week, I share my latest friend from Goodwill and announce an interesting event that will be coming up in a few weeks! Click the link to find out what it is!

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6 Tips for Finding Vintage Gold

I've been thrifting for almost two decades now, and have amassed a good collection of vintage gold as a result. So I thought I'd pass along some of my best tips for finding your own vintage goodness at the thrift store.

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7 Simple Ways to Upgrade Thrift Store Art

I'm always on the lookout for a great piece of art at my local thrift stores, but sometimes I'll pass by a piece if it's less than perfect. After finding these great ideas for sprucing them up, I think I'll be willing to bring more of it home! Here are seven ways to upgrade your own thrift store art finds.

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Make Your Own Cloche Using Goodwill Thrifted Items

I'm thrilled that spring is finally here, and I'm showing that joy in this pretty butterfly cloche. I made the whole thing using thrifted items that I picked up at Goodwill San Antonio!

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Thrifty Summer Boredom Busters with Goodwill San Antonio

It's that time of year again, school is almost winding down. But don't panic! Just head on over to Goodwill and find yourself some thrifty finds that will keep the whole family entertained!

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Summer Hats UpCycle

Summer is coming. How about starting your own DIY project by going to a Goodwill store near you and upcycling your very own summer hat!

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Do you have any stressed out teachers in your life?

How can you improve teacher productivity, which in turn will increase test scores? How can you raise teacher morale and increase the retention rate? How can you help ease the overwhelm for teachers?

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Goodwill and A Few of My Favorite Things!

San Antonio has a major event happening next week, THE BIG GIVE SA happening on May 6! Make sure you take the opportunity to support your favorite local non-profit! For me, GoodwillSA is on the top of the list!!

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How To Save Hundreds on Maternity Clothes

Know anyone who is expecting a new baby? Two very important things to think about when gathering a maternity wardrobe is COMFORT and PRICE. Who wants to spend a bunch of money on clothes that will be worn for less than a year?

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It's Heating Up, Part I

All of the beautiful cool weather is over for us in San Antonio! Find out how you can stay cool and fashionable in the Texas heat!

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Want to Win a FIESTA 2014 Goodwill medal?

How can you win it? Visit one of our Goodwill stores in San Antonio, Snap a photo of Hot FIESTA Finds and share them on social media with the hashtag #GOODWILLSAFIESTA TO ENTER TO WIN. You have until April 25 To Submit your pictures. Happy Goodwill Hunting!!!!!

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The Big Give S.A. Are you in?

On May 6, 2014, non-profits from around the San Antonio metro area will band together for The Big Give S.A. — 24 hours of collecting donations.

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Forget the Easter Basket, Make a Bindle Instead!

Easter is just around the corner, and I thought it would be fun to use some of my recent thrift store finds to give a little twist to the traditional Easter basket. Enter the bindle.

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Pro Thrift Tips: Revive Toys from Goodwill

Shopping for toys at Goodwill here in San Antonio is a great way for me to add to our collection for pennies on the dollar.

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Three Ways to Repurpose a Slide Carousel

I've been collecting slide carousels at Goodwill for some time (not sure why, just like them a lot!) Since I'm a craft blogger, I wanted a fun way to display my business cards.

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Declutter for National Clutter Awareness Week:

In honor of National Clutter Awareness Week, take fifteen minutes in the next week to do a brain dump of everything floating around in your mind.

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Goodwill: Spring Jackets Hunt!

"The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month." - Henry Van Dyke

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Christmas in March with Goodwill San Antonio @GoodwillSA

One of my best ever, top thrifting tips is to BUY AHEAD! Whether it be kids shoes, clothes, or seasonal items, I am always thinking ahead when I thrift. This is when you will find the best stuff, since not everyone is looking for say, Christmas stuff. So yeah, I got ornaments in March.

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A Bird Feeder with Cups and Saucers

I was enchanted by the wild antics that ensued at the Mad Hatter's tea party, and always dreamed of how fun it would be to happen upon an "un-birthday party" in the woods.

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Spring jackets: High glam on a low budget

Using some fantastic fabric, we reimagine a 1980s jacket to create a whole new look that will keep you stylish and warm during a late cold front this spring.

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Spring Break Closet Organizing Project

Most folks have an idea of how they'd like to see their clothes organized - by color, by outfit, or by type of clothing (pants, shirts, etc.). The tough part of a closet organizing project for many folks, however, is clearing out their closet first.

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7 Thrifty Collections

I'm an avid thrifter all year long, but something about spring (or at least the beginnings of it) makes me even more eager to go hunting for a good find. Oftentimes I'll come across several of the same item which individually may not seem special, but en masse you have an instant collection to show off. Today I've gathered seven things to keep your eye out for on your next trip to the thrift store.

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Bow Bracelets! Ugly fashion or wrong size, but COOL Fabric... What to Do

How many times have you come across a super ugly dress, or the wrong size blouse or pants at a thrift store, but darn they are made out of great fabric! Of course I always put it in my cart, pushing it around the entire time, hoping I can think of a way to make this item work for me... ha ha!    Now I have found the perfect solution... make a Bow Bracelet!

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Thrifty Home Tour | Hallway

My favorite thrifty finds on this wall are the child's bust which I found at Goodwill (isn't it perfect that he's reading?), and an unfinished embroidery of the United States found at an estate sale (I mounted it with sewing pins onto a piece of foam board). I also dream of having a huge vintage globe collection--I actually have another not pictured here, and this one I found at Goodwill, too.

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Stunning Graduation Dress for $5.99 @ San Antonio Goodwill

Maddy, graduated this past spring and to celebrate this momentous day, I wanted her to feel beautiful and took her to the mall to pick out a dress.

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Why We Need the 90th Annual Rummage Around Sale!

It is one of those rare years where winter has taken its toll on almost all of us!

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Ready To Rummage Around? THIS SATURDAY! GET READY! #goodwillSA

Guess what this coming Saturday, February 22nd is?! The 90th annual Junior League of San Antonio Rummage Around Event!! Whoohoo!

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Goodwill Hunting: One Fun Day!

When the weather is dreary and yukky, there is one activity guaranteed to bring a smile...Goodwill hunting! Last Saturday, I headed over to the new Bulverde Road location at Highway 1604 and made some sunny discoveries! So many top labels, my head was spinning!

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A Very Thrifty Tea Party

Recently I attended a tea party at one of the public library branches here in San Antonio. My friends and I had a lot of fun and wanted to start having tea parties of our own. The only thing was that I had no pretty tea cups, saucers, and a small budget to buy enough cups and saucers for a party of 6!

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Denim jacket upcycle

With the denim jacket, making a big comeback on the fashion scene, a staple that is being giving the glamour touch, I wanted to share with my readers, a easy quick way of achieving the hot trend, by taking a vintage Levi's denim jacket, that had glue marks from previous patches and turning into a staple of your spring wardrobe I proceeded to take this jacket and add pearls.

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How to Get Organized for New Year's Resolutions

It's always a great goal to implement time management strategies whenever possible, but especially at the start of a new year when you're trying to accomplish New Year's resolutions

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Get Organized with DIY Projects and Goodwill

It's a new year and time to start fresh and tame some of that clutter! Storage and organizational tools can get expensive when you buy them new, but not if you shop at Goodwill San Antonio. Keep reading for ideas on how to update Goodwill items to add style and order to your home.

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Goodwill: Color of the Year??...No Problem

Bloggers everywhere are discussing the color of the Year as selected by PANTONE...Radiant Orchid. The best way to participate in a trend sensibly is to head straight to GOODWILL!

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San Antonio Goodwill Dezavala Store

This was my first visit to this Goodwill Dezavala store.  Doesn't the word Dezavala sounds glamorous, something like Zaza Gabor?

If you read my blog you know that I absolutely LOVE and adore dishes and I hit the jackpot at this store!

Let me share a few highlights of what caught my eye.

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Goodwill Finds: DIY Kid's Writing Center

I have seen a lot of "writing centers" that they have in their schools. I was inspired to make a home writing center. What store did I go to first? Goodwill here in San Antonio. (If you know me, that probably would have been your first guess).

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Layering for warmth with trends in affordable style

With winter upon us in South Texas, it's cold outside.

I approached the Goodwill with layering in mind.

Create a current trend that has warmth,style and affordability.

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Thrifted Basket Case Study

None of the ideas in this post are revolutionary, but what I do find amazing are all the great baskets I find at thrift stores.

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First day of winter: Goodwill finds LOOK 1

Happy Holidays,
All the Christmas shopping done, all the cakes baked, the time is now yours to feel like a queen.

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Goodwill State of Mind for Year's End!!

So far, this is my donation pile for Goodwill SA. We still have five days to make a donation and receive a tax credit for 2013. Goodwill hands us a receipt upon request!

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How Your New Year's Resolutions Can Affect Your Time Management Strategies

I get daily requests for time management strategies and for tips on how to increase productivity. One big event each year tends to actually hinder our progress with time management strategies.

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Clean Closet + Goodwill Donation = Awesome! #GoodwillSA #THRIFTY

Most of us have way too much stuff in our closets. I always find that the best time to clean out my closets and drawers are after Christmas and before New Year's.

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Christmas Ornaments with Zylie the Bear

I have one last Christmas craft over on Zylie the Bear's Passport page this week. God's Eyes--or Ojo de Dios--are a fun classic craft that many of us probably made as kids ourselves, with a little update from the popsicle sticks and yarn traditionally used.

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Goodwill to the Rescue! 5 Quick & Thrifty Holiday Gifts Under $5

Have a bunch of gifts to give and not a ton of $ and time? Teacher gifts, neighbor gifts, gifts for everyone you share a cubicle with (who doesn't love an office exchange?), mom groups....you name it, Christmas giving can be expensive and stressful.

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Crafting Christmas Gifts with Goodwill Finds

It's crunch time!  Time to decorate and start crafting gifts for all the special people in your life.  Read on the learn how to use inexpensive purchases at Goodwill San Antonio to make quick Christmas gifts and decor.

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Goodwill Makes Thanksgiving Hassle-Free

I cannot believe it is already Thanksgiving time with Christmas on the horizon!  I have discovered through my regular visits to Goodwill in San Antonio how great a place it is for decorations.  Like this Thanksgiving trio above!

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Shop-O-Scream this Halloween

Goodwill offers great deals on Halloween costumes, which can come from used items found in the store and great new merchandise.

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DIY Textured Photography Backdrop

As a craft blogger, I'm always looking for ways to improve my photographs. When I started looking at backdrops for my pictures, I was surprised at the cost. Being a frugal crafter I, of course, decided I could do it myself! Here's a technique you can use to make a photo backdrop for a photo booth or personal pictures.

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Goodwill Just Makes Sense for Coats

It's that time of year again!!  Many of you are already experiencing cold winds and some even snow.  Now, of course, I am not dealing with that in San Antonio...though this mornings temps in the 40s felt amazing!  But, that is why GOODWILL makes so much sense for us!

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2013 Official Bloggers

Goodwill Official Bloggers

Morena Hockley
Morena Hockley
morenascorner.com
Veronica Rouse
Veronica Rouse
Thrifting, blogging, foodie sevenlovelythings.blogspot.com
Pam Lutrell
Pam Lutrell
Writes about fashion. www.over50feeling40.com
Too Cheap Blondes
Too Cheap Blondes
toocheapblondes.com
Helene Segura
Helene Segura
livingordersa.com/blog
Agosto Cuellar
Agosto Cuellar
jiverefried.blogspot.com
Amy Johnson
Amy Johnson
www.makermama.com
Haeley Giambalvo
Haeley Giambalvo
www.designimprovised.com
 


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